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Single-Digit Soccer: “Messi would never have made it in the USA”

The U.S. youth soccer system is often criticized as too Anglo. Too athletic. Too focused on big brawny suburbanites, too resistant to Hispanic players and their magical ball skills. And so the argument goes that if Lionel Messi had been … Cont...

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Philadelphia Union: The latest team to mishandle Freddy Adu

Start here: Very candid letter from John Hackworth to @PhilaUnion season ticket holders: http://t.co/7peblRiw — Matthew Doyle (@MLS_Analyst) January 21, 2013 “Candid” is one thing. Another is “telling everyone we have this hig...

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Where are they now: Bradenton, Spring 2003

Following my last post on Bradenton, doing the relatively easy online research to figure out where the class of 1999 had gone, I asked if  I should turn my attention to another class. A voice emerged from the crowd: “Play … Continue rea...

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Style points: Why everything you think about the present or future U.S. soccer mentality is wrong

Soccer America’s Best of American Soccer 2010 has a terrific profile of FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman, whose breakout year in 2010 is just a small part of his compelling story. His background is one reason why I’ve found the … C...

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Midweek Myriad: Fretting over Freddy, winter winners, soccer challenge

Time for another Midweek Myriad, also known as “stuff that happened while I was at Disney World.” I’ve saved the most serious item for the end, which is either “building suspense” or “burying the lead.” SOCCE...

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There is no “try” — Adu or not Adu

Anyone made that pun yet? I think we’re all racing now to make the last possible pun on Freddy Adu’s name. The young American’s status is up in the air again after a trial with Switzerland’s FC Sion didn’t pan … C...

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The World Cup 30

ESPNewsreallyquicklygavethe30-manpreliminaryUSroster for the World Cup and talked to U.S. coach Bob Bradley about it. It’ll be cut to 23. If someone’s injured, the roster can yet be changed. Notes: – No fourth goalkeeper. Not really...

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Alejandro Bedoya, stealth marketing and the U.S. World Cup roster

Let’s do a blind test. Which player would you think was most likely to be named tomorrow (2 p.m. ET, ESPNews) to the 30-man preliminary U.S. roster for the World Cup? – Player A: Excelled for U-17s, U-20s and Olympic … Continue rea...

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